CMT, FMNA 'Duet' with weekly series


CMT has greenlighted a duet-themed music competition show from FremantleMedia North America.

The network has ordered 11 hourlong episodes of the series titled "Can You Duet?" from FMNA, which also produces Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "America's Got Talent." The weekly series, set to debut in the spring, is designed to find the best country music duet in America.

Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant will compete as part of a duo, working with different partners every week and giving viewers insight into the behind-the-scenes drama. Judges -- who will mentor the contestants, critique their performances and decide who advances to the next round and who is sent home -- will be announced at a later date.

Bob Kusbit, head of development at CMT -- which already pairs up country music stars with artists from other genres in its series "Crossroads" -- believes that the show has the potential to be a hit for the network.

"We've always wanted to be in the music competition business, but we hadn't found the right partner or just the right concept until now," Kusbit said.

Both he and FMNA chief creative officer Eugene Young said the series is aiming to find country's next big stars.

"We're looking for the next Johnny Cash and June Carter, the next Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the next Big & Rich or the Judds," Young said.

Jeff Boggs ("Nashville Star," "Spy TV") is executive producer. Kusbit and Melanie Moreau will executive produce for CMT.